Cops For Cancer Fundraiser May 27, 2011

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Inside the TPS
Board, Officers Under Razor in Fight Against Cancer

Three shaved heads are better than one.

Deputy Chief Mike Federico, Toronto Police Services Board Chair Alok Mukherjee and Corporate Communications Const. Tony Vella all lost their locks, raising thousands for the Canadian Cancer Society at a Cops For Cancer fundraising event at police headquarters.

Mukherjee, who hasn’t shaved his head in 50 years, said he didn’t hesitate to join the fight alongside Service members.

“I have been supportive of Cops for Cancer for years, it’s a very important initiative by our members,” Mukherjee said. “Having the Chief, Deputies and Chair shave their heads, sends the message we value the contribution and efforts of our members and that we want to be a part of it.”

He said cancer cuts a swath through the lives of everyone.

“It’s a terrible disease and it affects just about everybody – our friends, family members and colleagues,” he said. “It’s important that all of us do our share in supporting research and support treatment in eradicating this disease.”

On May 7, Federico and fellow Deputy Chiefs Peter Sloly, Tony Warr and Kim Derry joined Chief Bill Blair by shaving their heads in support of the cause.

Canadian Cancer Society Toronto revenue development director Guy Laporte said the Service has been a strong partner, raising to $600,000 in support of Cops For Cancer.

“All of the funds raised for Cops for Cancer go to support all-important research into cancer treatments and cures and lots of that research is done right in Toronto,” Laporte said.

Since its inception in 1999, Cops For Cancer has helped raise $45 million across the country in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

For more information go to cancer.ca